2005 Suzuki Boulevard First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki Boulevard

2005 Suzuki Boulevard Ride

Okay, let’s say a well established motorcycle with a strong lineup of bikes with well-known and you can boast of a loyal following and a reputation. You want to freshen up existing motorcycle lineup and your sales in the ever cruiser market to reach who may not be as familiar with your offerings as you think they be. Also, you’ve got lots of new in the pipeline that you will be regularly over the next few and years, which fill new in the marketplace.

You’ll need to if you want to utilize the existing names, or introduce new model If you use existing names, it might be to the public, and may not get the full impact of a new If you use new names, it might be hard for to figure out where the new models fit the entire product line.

So would you do? Well, if you’re Suzuki you make a bold, move. You scrap the old names and all your cruiser bikes one new umbrella brand name and each one with an alpha moniker.

That lets buyers know exactly each motorcycle fits in the of the new brand and what cruiser it will occupy in the marketplace.

invited the press to Las Vegas to its June dealer meetings, Suzuki’s dealers to witness the of its new cruiser brand called No more Intruders, no more no more Volusia, and no more From now on, all of Suzuki’s current and cruiser motorcycles arriving in showrooms beginning in August as models will be called a with a letter and number

It is truly a bold move the model names mentioned have a rich history and an reputation. The mid-’80s saw the introduction of the 700 which combined classic design with modern touches like liquid-cooling, and drive. The 1987 Intruder earned its reputation by being the V-Twin production engine at the time, touching off the displacement in the cruiser market.

The 1997 800 became one of Suzuki’s best cruisers ever in its first And the Volusia 800 was last year’s selling motorcycle in its class.

So it seems like a big step to the venerable names, American Suzuki Mel Harris explained that the down the road will far the short-term risks. The new Boulevards keep the Suzuki DNA of advanced strong power and performance, low nimble handling and strong while continuing to develop and upon those attributes each new offering.

The Las Vegas provided the perfect locale to out Suzuki’s new cruiser line.

is powering this new launch a multi-million-dollar ad campaign to take the to the buyers. The advertising tag line is your Boulevard, and with Boulevard models to choose and a lot more on the way within a few months, seems like the perfect to launch this entirely new

Harris sees Boulevard as more than a renaming of however. It’s a true launch that will new Boulevard in-store displays at dealerships, accessory parts, and a selection of Boulevard clothing. research shows that buyers look for a lifestyle to their motorcycles, with the and accessories a big part of the cruiser

Being able to select a wide variety of saddlebags, and chrome parts to personalize bike, as well as have the textile, and sportswear clothing to go it, is what that segment of the looks for. Heck, one need look to Harley-Davidson’s accessory catalogue that is as as a Chicago phone book to that the accoutrements that go with the motorcycle are not only an part of satisfying the customer, but it is a major source of revenue for the

Fortunately, Boulevard will it easy to understand their lineup. The alpha (letter) tag either be an S, C, or M designation. S will for Sport. Those motorcycles have small, tire-hugging fenders and bobbed rear for a stylish sporty look and The C designation will stand for with the classic full-fendered, tank look.

The M designation stand for Muscle, and the emphasis on bikes will be power and The M’s styling cues incorporate blacked out engine and treatments, as well as wheels and touches. A fourth sub-model be the T designation that will be to the cruiser models, which stand for Touring.

Boulevard package some of the most touring accessories like a seat with passenger full-size windshield with deflectors, saddlebags, and price lower than one would to pay if purchased separately.

The numeric of the equation will refer to the size in cubic inches than in cubic centimeters. So, like BMW or Mercedes automobiles, it now be easy for buyers to identify each model name and where it slots in the Boulevard

Right now, Boulevard is three Sport models, the S50, and S83. For those without their metric charts handy, that to 650cc, 800cc, and 1400cc displacements. Two cruiser C models are the C50 and C90 (800cc and 1500cc respectively).

for Suzuki hinted that an M50 should be out shortly, and even a M model in the very near

The C90 boasts style as big as the Twin powers it.

With about a or so journalists from motorcycle and other media outlets on Suzuki unloaded a tractor full of motorcycles so that one of us would be able to sample the product line. We left the Hotel on the Las Vegas strip in the morning and headed north to the Red Canyon National Conservation Early morning temperatures in the low 80s. Fortunately, I packed my cool vest to wear my Triumph Raptor mesh

That combination kept me and comfortable even as the temperatures throughout the day, at least the ride back in the late when the thermometer hit 105 degrees. The will always tell but it’s dry heat. That means that at 60 mph, the of dry heat on your face you think you’re riding a blast furnace!

But I digress.

I rode all the motorcycles, we’ll with the Boulevard S40 and move up the chain from there. The S40 is a air-cooled single-cylinder 4-…. It is an version of the old Savage. I was surprised at how the single cylinder engine even when pressed

The power was more than to scoot away from lights and traffic, and it will comfortably at 70 mph.

Once on the roads of Red Rock Canyon, the 352-lb (claimed) motorcycle was a to play with in the turns. The bars have a very spread, so they don’t too much leverage, but the bike in easily and has good cornering to lay it over. The clutch and brake require a very light effort, and the 5-speed transmission very easily.

The single front disc brake and mechanical rear drum are adequate for a bike this The low 27.5-inch seat height and weight makes this an entry-level motorcycle. If one compares it to the Blast, which has only a 30 single-cylinder engine that run nearly as smoothly, the S40 is a more starter bike.

And at a list of $4,399, the S40 is several hundred less expensive.

Next, I the S50, which is powered by an liquid-cooled, 45-degree V-Twin. you get a lot more boost from engine, especially in the low- and torque curve. The dual-pin smoothes out the vibes while cam chains with automatic reduce noise and maintenance

The smooth shifting 5-speed hydraulic clutch transmits the to the pavement via a low-maintenance shaft drive.

The S40 is an excellent choice for

This is a fun bike for sporty The engine feels stronger its size might imply, enough grunt to squirt out of a and power you on to the next one. The 5-way preload-adjustable shocks and front fork do a good job at out the bumps and pavement irregularities.

It in nicely, but again the narrow drag bars don’t a lot of leverage. On the plus side, you think that the mirrors on such narrow spread might show you more of own shoulders than you’d but as on the S40, they are mounted enough to give you a good of what is behind you.

The drum rear brake and single disc front work well, especially the S50 is claimed to weigh only 443 The single disc also the handsome spoke wheel out. The rubber, a 100/90-19 and 140/90-15 rear, provides grip for spirited riding.

The saddle adds to the sleek and is all-day comfortable, aided by a riding position. There are of chrome accents all over the bike, and the sound from the is a mellow rumble. The big-bore S83 is my bike of the Boulevard lineup. It everything I look for in a motorcycle: power in a smooth motor, weight, aggressive chopper-like trim waistline, comfortable and excellent handling characteristics.

It has a nice roarty sound the dual exhaust, especially hard acceleration.

The 83 cubic (1400cc) air/oil-cooled, 45-degree with 3 valves per cylinder and carbs is a potent powerplant. The crank, even without a keeps this Twin smoothly and allows for a compact There is plenty of low- and torque for top-gear roll-ons for passing on two-lane or highway

The power comes on strong in a fashion and throttle response is now!

The claimed dry weight of 535 means that the S83 is a delight in curves or long sweepers. transitions require only pressure on the pull-back handlebars, and inputs are also easily with pressure on the pegs. angles are better than cruisers allow, and this tracks throughout the turn need for mid-course corrections if chosen the right line in.

Single discs front and are adequate. I’d prefer a disc set-up on the front, but as it is, the brakes have excellent and a progressive bite that them easy to modulate. And the hydraulic clutch, the front lever only requires a pull.

The bias on the suspension are firmer, rather than cruiser, but never feels The dual shocks out back are for preload, and the front fork up bumps well yet still firm in the turns. Front-end under hard braking is

The frame feels stiff and

The 83 cubic-inch S83 gets with the in a hurry.

The clutch and 5-speed operate smoothly, although take-up is at the very end of the lever’s Power runs to the rear by way of a low-maintenance shaft drive. is some noticeable jacking when getting on or off the throttle but it doesn’t upset handling to a degree.

I like the riding a lot, with the pegs a bit forward, and the bars on risers pull them back to the in a comfortable position. The mirrors are placed for a good view, and the is a smallish round dial set ahead of the bars where easy to see. The one-piece is sleek, comfortable, and offers lower back support.

It win any friends for two-up duty, but bike isn’t meant for

Lots of chrome eye candy is on the S83. The 60-spoke chrome-plated wheels sparkle in the sun, as do the shocks, fender struts, and transmission covers, and cylinder The chrome front fork keep the road grunge off the and will decrease wear on the

Styling is always subjective, but I the S83 is a great looking bike. The lines of the 3.4-gallon teardrop gas flow into the shape of the which then complements the rear fender. A reflector is into the tail light for a look to the rear of the bike.

The is neatly routed, and the fit and finish of bike is excellent.

This is a enjoyable motorcycle to ride and to ride hard. This is the new Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom have been. The S83 is more weighs less, is better and is much more sophisticated the Sportster Custom while $1,000 less.

This is the that I’d most to have sitting in my garage. Of it wouldn’t stay in the garage for as it begs to be out on the road.

Now it’s on to the C and Boulevard has a pair of cruisers satisfy the middleweight and heavyweight quite nicely. The C50 is the replacement for the 800 that has been so popular it was introduced two years ago. The at American Suzuki were enough not to mess with so they left the new motorcycle much the same. The major is the introduction of electronic fuel lifted from Suzuki’s GSX-R sportbikes.

This helps the liquid-cooled, 8 V-Twin achieve exceptional power and torque.

The 83 cubic-inch S83 with the program in a hurry.

The injection system features Dual Throttle Valve to maintain optimal air velocity in the tract for smooth throttle at low rpm, and high torque An automatic fast-idle system cold starts while a ECU provides precise control of timing and directs the multi-hole for quick start-ups and excellent under all conditions.

The EFI system input from the gear sensor, air and water temperature and the intake port sensors to efficient power and enhance economy. Dual-offset crankpins the motor running smoothly and free. The staggered slash-cut looks great and emits a full-bodied rumble.

The C50 will you as much performance as any motorcycle in its

Just by looking at the C50, think it carried a larger since it’s a full-sized It’s 98 inches from tip to so there is plenty of room for a and passenger to stretch out. The 65.2-inch wheelbase affords a ride, aided by a meaty front tire and a 170/80-15 hoop.

A tall 5th gear highway cruising feels The handlebar shape places the right where you’d them, and the bars offer leverage without being too The floorboards are comfortably placed a bit forward, and the heel/toe shifter and pedal are in the right spots for use.

Suzuki Boulevard

The wide seat is and sits at a low 27.6 inches the ground. It feels even because the front part of the tapers off where it meets the 4.5 gas tank, on which the speedometer and lights are housed in a chrome The speedo also incorporates an LCD gauge and clock.

The brakes are to bring down this bike from speed moderate lever and pedal The transmission is smooth, and each is positive and well damped. The drive puts the power smoothly and all the components are well out.

Suspension chores up are handled by large telescopic with polished aluminum and stainless-steel stanchion-tube covers. Out the truss-styled swingarm gives the tail look with a 7-position preload adjustable The ride feels solid yet and is tuned for relaxed cruising.

The C50 itself well on the curvy but the whole character of the bike me want to dial it back to the scenery that the Red Rock provided. The cruisers gave me the to appreciate the red layered striations in the formations that gave area its name. And that’s cruising riding is all about; see and be

C50 is a an excellent mid-size offering Suzuki.

The be seen portion of the is also a strong point of the It’s an attractive motorcycle full fenders that a little upsweep at the trailing of each one. Brightwork is from the large multi-faceted to the rear fender struts. The heads are chrome and the large air cleaner cover stands out to a statement.

The spoke wheels with rims add to the classic cruiser

Anyone looking for a middleweight who wants strong reliable and a comfortable easy-to-handle motorcycle can be fun to ride cross town, or country, should check out the C50. And At $6,799, the C50 is as easy on wallet as it is on your eyes.

The big dog in the lineup is the C90. It replaces the old 1500. As with the C50, maintained all of the strong points of the old but added the same electronic injection system to the 6-valve V-Twin that they on the C50.

Again the excellent works flawlessly to deliver power and plenty of torque up the rev range. The main difference is with the 90 cubic-inch motor, you get the full effects of the power when you crank on the throttle. in top gear, or any gear for that is quick and easy.

And the throaty from the dual staggered let you and others know you’ve got a powerplant underneath you.

The C90 is a choice of motorcycles if you are a tall or rider. The generous 66.9-inch not only means you’ll get a and comfortable ride quality, but is a generous amount of space for and passenger to enjoy. The large seat gives one plenty of to move around in, so on long you’re not locked in to one seating

Larger riders will appreciate the full-size floorboards to allow long legs to out comfortably. And the wide spread of the won’t cramp your either. This is a true cruiser and a great long-distance as well.

Despite its generous the C90 doesn’t feel ponderous on the or even while pushing it the parking lot. It carries of its weight down low and is very balanced. If it were a football it would be more of an athletic than a hulking offensive

That athleticism is evident touring through curvaceous where the handling is quite It’s no sportbike, to be sure, and the will touch down before the suspension reaches it capabilities, but you can still enjoy an jaunt when the mood And when tooling around at a pace, the well-damped 41mm fork and preload adjustable rear end provides a comfortable quality that is, well, smooth.

A beefy 180/70-15 tire and a 150/80-16 front mounted on custom-looking machined-aluminum also contribute to the solid ride.

The S83 made its debut on the in Las Vegas.

Dual hydraulic up front provide excellent power with moderate effort, while a single disc out back has excellent and won’t lock up easily. again the Suzuki transmission smoothly, and the quiet shaft means no maintenance chores.

The instrument panel is handsome, and the speedometer has a LCD screen for the odometer, tripmeters, fuel gauge, and Other nice features a helmet lock, and all Boulevards a little yellow button on the side of the left switch so you can use your index finger to the high beams at oncoming or to get the attention of a driver in front of you you pull out to pass.

And another nice amenity is the adjustable brake and clutch which comes in handy for hands or when switching light summer gloves to winter gloves. On the downside, of the Boulevards offers self-canceling signals, a major pet peeve of There is no reason for any motorcycle not to that feature.

Evidence of was with a dozen or so seasoned journalists cruising around in a group, you could always see turn signal flashing after a turn was made. I pressed the Japanese engineers that in the press conference, English comprehension and vocabulary mysteriously went south on and I never did get a straight answer. Oh maybe next year.

The classic cruiser styling is much like its C50 sibling. The long, sleek, low profile is The fenders have the matching back upturn at the trailing

The soft triangular shape of the air cleaner is a signature feature of the C bikes, as is the staggered slash-cut The C90 is just bigger and brawnier.

The C90 to be a major player in the heavyweight market. It is a wonderfully thought-out that does everything And when you compare features one bike to the next, the thing really sticks out is the value. The C90 for a very modest $10,399.

a lot of motorcycle for a little money.

All will benefit from the large selection of parts from the Boulevard accessory Suzuki had a few models set up with luggage racks, swingarm engine guards, fender light bars, windshields, and a of hard shell leather-covered to illustrate the possibilities that for buyers to personalize their new And the aftermarket companies will jump on the Boulevard bandwagon, and making parts to suit the new

Only time will whether the lifestyle Boulevard will catch on. Branding is a and arduous process that happen overnight. It took Harley-Davidson a half century to build brand image, and some under the AMF corporate banner destroyed it. So, even though the new logo is attractive, I doubt it will be seen tattooed forearms all across the country.

But what I saw in Las Vegas, they’re off to a good start.

Learn about the Boulevard Brand by the Suzuki website at www.suzukicycles.com

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